Overview Of Sexual Problems In Both Men And Women

Not much is known about sexual problems and conditions. Many patients suffer the wrath of not knowing what they are suffering from. It is very important for one to know what he or she is suffering from, in order to be able to pursue its treatment. Many people suffer the adversities of their medical conditions just because of being oblivious about the fact that they were even suffering from it in the first place.

While erectile function and premature ejaculation are the known sexual conditions that occur in men and vaginal dryness and low libido is monitored in women, there are various other sexual conditions that can ruin the lives of the affected and of those around them.

The following are the few sexual problems that both men and women tend to develop due to various contributing factors.

Sexual Performance Anxiety

This condition can occur in both sexes. Both men and women may suffer from sexual performance anxiety. This condition is related to lack of confidence in either of the partners. It may occur due to the feeling of inferiority in any form.

Lack of sexual confidence, fear of failure to please, low self image, etc may be the reason of sexual performance anxiety in humans.

Tip:  One can overcome sexual performance anxiety by seeking therapy, discussing problems with the partner, or use sexual enhancement pills if the condition requires so. 

Inability to reach sexual orgasm

Inability to orgasm or anorgsmia is the condition in which the suffering women are unable to reach the state of orgasm during sexual activity. This may cause a lot of sexual stress in the lives of both the women and their partners.

Anorgasmia may be a result of menopause, treatment of certain conditions, mental stress, physical injury etc. A study revealed that an average of 10% of women have never experienced an orgasm -- with a partner or when masturbating.


The term Paraphilia is related to problems pertaining to the control over the impulses that are characterized by regular, intense sexual fantasies. A person suffering from paraphilia experiences urges, and behaviors that involve unusual objects, activities, or situations that may not be considered to be sexually arousing by others.


Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that takes place in women. It is caused by a small organism called Trichomonas vaginalis.

Trichomoniasis is a common STD in young, sexually active women. It is curable in nature, and sometimes may be contracted by men and passed on to their sexual partners. It is estimated that around 7.4 million new cases of trichomoniasis occur each year in both men and women.

Painful Sex in Women

Experience of severe pain during intercourse, also known by its clinical name dyspareunia. It is a very disturbing phenomenon and can cause problems in a couple relationships, in and out of bed.

There pain during intercourse may cause negative emotional effects, and can lead to a woman losing interest or being afraid of sexual intercourse. Hence, the problem should be attended to, before it affects both, the female and her partner.

Genital Warts and HPV

Human papillomavirus or HPV is sexually transmitted virus. It causes genital warts, and also increases the risk of cervical or penile cancer; it is always good to get screened for STD’s and other conditions annually.

Low Testosterone and Sex Drive

Testosterone is a hormone that is very crucial for the development of male muscles; it also greatly influences the sexual drive in both the sexes. The level of testosterone in the human body tends to decrease due to various factors like, ageing, medication, medical conditions, and so on. Low testosterone can lead to the drop in one’s desire for sexual activity.


A very common and dreaded sexually transmitted infection; Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. It occurs in both men and women.

The infection is spread easily, often because it shows no symptoms hence, is unknowingly passed on to the sexual partners of the affected. Like Chlamydia, 75% of infections in women and 50% in men do not reflect any symptom.


Vaginitis refers to an infection that causes the inflammation of the vagina. It may be responsible for the cause of itching, burning, a change in vaginal discharge, and even vaginal pain during sex in some women.


Gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent problems the affected. It is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae that grow and multiply easily in the mucus membranes present in the body. Both men and women can contract this condition.

The bacteria may develop in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, opening of the uterus, cervix, and urinary tract. It can also grow in the anus or mouth in some people


Syphilis is a contagious disease, spread by sexual activity, even by oral and anal sex caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. This dreadful disease can be transferred from one person to another through prolonged kissing or close body contact.

The infected person may or may not be aware of the disease, and hence, unknowingly pass it on to his or her sexual accomplice. The infection can cause arthritis, brain damage, and even blindness.

Genital Herpes

It is highly contagious infection that is commonly transmitted through sex. The infection is caused by the herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2). Herpes is not curable, but can be treated and controlled by rigorous medication and therapy. It is a very common disease and usually shows no symptom in the affected body.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a grave disease caused in both men and women by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The virus can lead to the failure, scarring and even cancer of the liver. In some unfortunate cases the deadly virus can even cause death to its carrier.


A woman suffering from vaginismus, experiences the contraction of the muscle walls of her vagina and may even experience vaginal spasms, when it is attempted to be inserted with a penis, or even a tampon.

No matter what the problem, you must not keep mum about your complications. Keeping them to your own discretion will only lead to the aggravation of the problem and may have serious outcomes. Hence, it is always best to be vocal about any discomfort and should be discussed with family and certified doctors.